A Low Cost Home Automation Controller

Many features are controlled from one MM-443 Magicmodule Programmable Controller. There is room in the programmable memory to do other tasks that may be unique to your application. At Halloween I use a Magicmodule and MV-480 Voice Annunciator to really give the neighborhood kids a scare as they walk up to my front porch.

Invoca Voice Activated Universal Remote

It's amazing how they can get voice recognition into such a small package. For the ultimate couch potato ... this is the greatest tool around. You don't even have to lift your head from the pillow to surf the channels :-)

Controllers Need to Look Nice

For a satisfying automation experience, incorporate aesthetically pleasing, intuitively simple control interfaces into your home. Throughout your search, just keep in mind that if you don't really want to live with it, you won't really use it.

Grabbing Control

Remember that the control system interface occupies valuable and prominent real estate in a home. They are placed in important positions: by the front door, on the coffee table, in the main hallway, etc. There is limited wall space and the device should be an invited part of the home and not a distraction. If careful attention is paid to the physical and digital interfaces, the system will be used more often, and hopefully shown to visitors who will want the same system installed in their home.

New Era in the User Interface

This article describes advancement in the ergonomics and aesthetics of a home automation controller that is attractive, intuitive and affordable. A brief overview of the traditional interfaces is presented and the problems with its user interface and limitations are identified. The ergonomics and aesthetics of a novel home automation controller that provides higher performance and greater flexibility are described in detail.

The OCELOT

The OCELOT appears a well thought out answer to Home Automation. Capable of interfacing essentially 4 different types of Protocol's (RS232, RS485, X-10, and IR), and with expansion capabilities, it seems capable of the manufacturers claims. In addition to being easy to hook-up and program, most user definable parameters (such as programs and learned IR commands) can be stored for backup purposes.

Touch Panel Design: Warming Up Technology

Whether you design your touch panel pages internally or outsource to a professional design team, the key to touch panel design success is planning and communication with your customers. Knowing in the beginning what functionality can be achieved will make designing pages an easier task. Dedicating the right amount of time will enable you to produce eye-pleasing page designs and help you introduce a little "technology warmth" in the home.

DOLLx8 Web Control Interface

The combinations of DOLLx8 Web Enabled Interface and the DOLLx8 Mini Web Server using TCP/IP together with D8ML will give an endless list of web controlled applications where only the fantasy gives the limitation. The DOLLx8 is not designed for high speed music and video transfer, but the interface is able to control such lines to channel the signals to its destination by using music and/or video chips controlled by DOLLx8.

HomeVision Home Controller

I'm not going to redo the in depth review of HomeVision here. My original review is still relevant so click here if you want to get into the nitty gritty of this controller. Suffice it to say that when I got my new HomeVision it only took a few minutes to change over all of my schedules and devices from the Enerlogic system that I have used for the past 10 years. I did not lose one day of control and in fact added scenes and modes that I had been thinking about for some time. Not having to write and debug control code has made this experience a pleasure.

Remote Anywhere

Remote Anywhere allows consumers to control their satellite receiver, A/V components, TiVoâ„¢, DVD player, tuner, etc., from other rooms up to 150 feet (46 meters) away. This capability is especially useful to owners of satellite systems looking to view programs from a single receiver or recorder on different televisions throughout the home, without purchasing another unit or incurring additional monthly programming charges.

Marrick Lynx-X10PLC

The unit ships with a copy of Home Control Assistant (HCA) software (see HomeToys review) and set-up took only a few minutes. Just plug it into the wall and serial port ... install the software ... and test the operation. HCA has a menu option that lets you test and configure the PLC. A very nice feature allows you to adjust the transmission power and receiver sensitivity.

IR543AH IR Device

For most people with a comprehensive X10 setup this device is an absolute god-send! The ability to operate any of the 256 unique X10 codes from your armchair is superb. The unit will also mean those people who already have an IR distribution system in their home will only need this single unit to control X10 devices from any room in their property.

Ocelot Ladder Logic

Ladder logic takes some getting used-to when you start working with it, but once you know the rules and possible pitfalls to avoid, you will find that you can accomplish almost anything using a rather minimalist instruction set.

UK - Keychain Remote (KR19A)

The unit operates on the newer 433Mhz frequency. This seems to be the frequency that will be used in wireless modules for the foreseeable future. If you only have a few 418Mhz modules now might be the time to leave them and move on to the new supported frequency. On the other hand if you have a fair investment in 418Mhz then you might want to buy up some more items before stocks run out.

UK - Stick-On Wall Switch (SS13E)

At present there are no 2 or 3 gang replacement X10 wall switches on the market so the only way to convert a room that has one of these it to use this switch and go the wireless route. However this still leaves the often difficult problem of converting the circuits in the room to DIN Rail modules. Also, it would be nice to have singles and double switch versions available. All in all though another great new product from X10.

Records 61 to 75 of 98

First | Previous | Next | Last

Featured Product

This is Control4 Home Automation with Amazon Alexa.

This is Control4 Home Automation with Amazon Alexa.

INTRODUCING THE SIMPLEST WAY TO CONTROL YOUR ENTIRE HOUSE YOUR VOICE. Imagine this... We've all been there-walking through the door into a dark house, arms full. Wouldn't it be nice to tell your house to offer a helping hand? Now you can. A simple voice command-such as "Alexa, turn on Welcome"-lights up the hallway and kitchen, fires up your favorite Pandora station, while the door locks itself behind you. This is Control4 Home Automation with Amazon Alexa.